Custom Fabrication for the Mobile Refuse Collection Industry

We are constantly are looking for ways to lower our customer's costs while still supplying the same high quality components. This is exactly what happened when we converted previously fabricated components into single castings to improve efficiency and reduce cost. The products in question were tailgate components used in the mobile refuse collection industry. Our customer expressed their interest in converting many fabrications involved in this assembly into castings to reduce costs. We successfully designed 11 castings that replaced previously fabricated components at a lower expense. In the course of this process, we realized that to ensure proper solidification of the castings, the geometry of the castings would not exactly match the geometry of the fabrications. We were not deterred, however, and successfully created 3D models and 2D machined drawings of the finished product. The customer then utilized the 3D models to make sure all clearances and dimensional tolerances would be acceptable on the final cast products, enabling them to provide the same function as the fabricated products. We cast the components and then worked them on our vertical turning lathes, horizontal machining centers, and gantry lathes. We manufactured the casting to tight tolerances of ±0.002", finished them to a roughness average of 32, and welded them together on our burning tables. Go/No-go gauging was used for inspection of the tailgate, which was 35" long and 40" wide upon completion. We also provide FMEA analysis, but it was not called for in this particular project.
We completely satisfied our customer's specifications and requirements, fabricating 11 of these tailgate assemblies in only 45 days for delivery to Houston, TX. This is the kind of versatility and dedication we can bring to your machining project. Contact CAB Worldwide today to talk to our design and engineering staff.

Engineering & Machining of Grill Components Project Highlights

Project Description
Grill component
Capabilities Applied/Processes
  • Design Engineering/Modeling
  • Machining
  • Analysis
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
Vertical Turning Lathes
Horizontal Machining Centers
Gantry Lathes
Overall Part Dimensions
Length: 29"
Width: 3.5"
Tightest Tolerances
+/- 0.001"
Material Used
304 Stainless Steel
Material Finish
32 Ra
In process testing/inspection performed
Linear, Angular and Positioning
Industry for Use
Beverage Dispensing Equipment
2000 pcs/yr.
Delivery/Turnaround Time
4 Business Days After Release Request by Customer
Delivery Location
Glendale Heights, IL
Standards Met
Customer Specifications, 2D CAD Drawing

3D Model

Cast design analyzed for maximum cost effectiveness and manufacturability

2D Drawings

2D drawings created to ensure all machining requirements are accurate and explicit

Wax Patterns

Wax patterns inspected to ensure acceptable cast tooling and appropriate machining stok

Final Castings

Castings verified to ensure all dimensional and material requirements are acceptable